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to prohibit the f.a.a. from closing 149 f.a.a. contract control towers due to the furloughing of its air traffic controllers. senator moran is a member of the appropriation subcommittee on transportation. senator blumenthal a member of the transportation committee which both oversee the f.a.a., this is 20 minutes. >> good morning, everyone. thank you very much for joining us on a topic we have been engaged in for a very long time. as you may recall, we made an effort in the continuing resolution to make certain that the issue of air traffic control towers was addressed. the administration had announced the closing of more than 140 towers. we believe, i believe that that's contrary to public safety, and i certainly believe it's unnecessary for the administration to take the position that they are taking. and in fact the amendment that i offered, that we offered was designed to give them clearly the flexibility to avoid the closing of air traffic control towers. you may recall that i made the lea of secretary ray lahood to indicate his support for the amendment. he told me while he would l
in las vegas and all around the country. but it's not only the furloughs at f.a.a., it's some of the programs that i've talked about and many more. we've seen the dire effects of these arbitrary budget cuts. and we have an obligation to stop them. that's why i'll soon ask i ask unanimous consent to take up and pass legislation that would block sequestration until the end of this fiscal year. until the first day of october. this would give us five months to sit down at the negotiating table and work out an agreement to reduce the deficit in a balanced way, a way that doesn't punish the american people and our economy in the meantime. legislation that i'm proposing is simple. and it deserves quick approval. -- no reason to go back even though i would agree to it, let's -- to the buffett rule, let's do some spending cuts, do some more cutting, we've tried that. it wouldn't work. let's try the flexibility. that also won't work because you're dealing with the same amount of money. so i would hope that this simple solution i'm suggesting will be supported by my republican friends. e
and for the american people. >> yesterday's faa's furlough produced the predicted flight delays, and senator mcconnell said as a result of the administration's poor planning and political motives were stuck op the tarmac. what's the reaction to that? >> i find it interesting the republican is decrying the sequester in the past that he support. it's a result. we made it clear that there looks like there would be negative effects if congress failed to take reasonable action to avert the sequester, policy that everyone who was involved in writing it knew at the time and was never designed to be implemented, but designed to be bad policy and to be avoided. the fact is that congress had an opportunity, but republicans made a choice, and this is a result of a choice they made to embrace the sequester as -- and i'm quoting republicans, a victory for the tea party and a home run. i don't know that they agree with it because they changed positions on sequester a variety of times in the last several months. it should have never been policy. president put forward a comprehensive balanced approach to defic
. the f.a.a. has assured us things will get much worse before the end of the busy summer travel season as these arbitrary sequester cuts continue to affect airport staffing levels. what it means is that every two weeks all f.a.a. employees will have to take a day off. at peak travel times, almost 7,000 flights will be delayed every day, some of them by up to three hours. now, mr. president, the worst day we had last year because of weather-related issues, less than 3,000 flights were delayed. now every day more than twice that number will be delayed. these delays will be bad for business, this'l they'll be frug for families and devastate forge the economy. but flight delays around the only consequences of these unintended cuts. it is not just f.a.a. employees. it will affect 750,000 jobs across the country. it will shred the safety net that keeps millions of seniors, children, veterans, and needy families from falling through the cracks. and it'll gut investment in education, medical research, that helps america compete in the 21st century. more than 2,700 schools with large numbers of
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